Socially Engaged Design Awards @ Design Expo and MEUS 2017!

C-SED will recognize design teams that demonstrate substantial attention to social, cultural, economic, and environmental contexts in their design process and presentation with the first ever:

Socially Engaged Design Awards

Emerging Team Awardees $250 – Eden’s Team

Established Team Awardees $250 – Project MESA

Congratulations to all of the teams who were considered for the award!  We also saw some other posters out and about at Design Expo who did some great socially engaged design work!

  • Exotein
  • Designing a Safer Baby Monitor
  • Design of a Small-Scale Anaerobic Digester to Treat Aquacultural Wastes in Michigan
  • Stress/Strain Testing on Patient Ovarian Cancer Cells

Teams seeking to incorporate a socially engaged design approach into their project work are strongly encouraged to meet with C-SED consultants in one or more 20-minute appointments and train in front-end design and other relevant skills using the Socially Engaged Design Academy.


Event Details:

April 13, 2017
@ Design Expo and Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Symposium
Teams may win up to $250!
Register here by April 1, 2017 for your team to be considered

*Teams must also be registered for Design Expo. Awards distributed in the form of Amazon e-gift cards.

Registered socially engaged design teams will be highlighted at the Expo/Symposium with a balloon or flag designation. Award evaluators will visit teams during the event.  Participating teams, project sponsors, community partners, course instructors, and other stakeholders are invited to the:

Socially Engaged Design Award Reception

immediately following Design Expo/MEUS
3:30-5:00PM with awards presentation at 4:10PM
Center for Socially Engaged Design: 3360 GG Brown

Projects and presentations were evaluated on their attention to the broader context of design, engagement with and incorporation of stakeholder expertise, application of qualitative research methods, use of respectful and co-creative language, and product quality. (criteria subject to change)

Context: Consideration of the broader context of design (social, cultural, economic, environmental), including how the design interacts with context from materials selection through implementation and adoption through disposal and/or project sunsetting.
Stakeholder/Community Engagement: Direct and indirect engagement with stakeholders and/or community for information gathering and design. Incorporation of knowledge, skills, ideas, and perspectives of stakeholders/community.
Methods: Application of socially engaged design methods, including qualitative research methods (i.e. interviews, focus groups, observations) and use of prototyping to garner feedback.
Language: Use of respectful and co-creative language about stakeholders/users, needs, and design solutions.
Quality: Technical soundness of product, likelihood to address the need, consideration of user requirements & engineering specifications.


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A special thanks to Impacto:


Please direct any questions regarding the Socially Engaged Design Awards or C-SED to Christie: